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 Project High>>>Ways  entered in Limca Book of  Records - 2007 (India) as  first Mother Daughter Duo to  link adventure drive with  Cancer Awareness
 Programme across the  country.

Celebration High>>>Ways 2005 Pune- Kutch(Gujrat)-Pune. 5130 Km in 19 days.

Project High>>>Ways 2006
Project High>>>Ways... a dream of a breast cancer survivor to link adventure sports with a cancer awareness mission across the country. The very first of its kind done in India thus creating history.
Mother Daughter Duo's passion for outdoors sprouted into Project High>>>Ways...

Speaking from The Drivers seat, Ritu unfolds her three goals :-

To SOLO (SELF) DRIVE to the four tips of India and cross the HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROADS in the world, - the highest two being in India…
To reach out and CONDUCT AWARENESS CAMPS ON BREAST, CERVICAL AND ORAL CANCERS to people in far flung areas with visual aids. Personal interaction, dispelling myths, dissemination of information materials & teaching SELF BREAST EXAMINATION being the focus.

Through this roller coaster drive I want to motivate cancer patients and survivors to drive on the High>>>Ways of life exploring their inner strength and spirits. I would like to instill hope in all to celebrate health and life specially those touched by this illness
RIMS Hospital Imphal Manipur    
On the passengers seat with this mission were :-

Ms. Tista Joseph, 14 yrs old, student of St. Marys School, Pune. Was on board for 105 days. She devoted her summer vacation and sacrificed a months school to be part of this expedition. A budding Navigator, and Photographer has keen interest in environment and wildlife. Adapts very well to rural life. She has seen her mother through the illness and bonds well with the families of suffering patients.


Vandana and Tista

The mother daughter duo were later joined by - Ms. Vandana Natu - writer and a filmmaker. Breast cancer surviover joined during the finalization of the project. Tista and Vandana used their resources and expertise in assisting the awareness camps, documentations, photography etc.

Ms. Ishani Roy, 18 yrs old, interested in social work. On board for 20 days in Arunachal Pradesh.



The teamFrom Left- Ishani, Tista, Vandana, Ritu with- H. E. Mr. S. K. Singh Governer of Arunachal Pradesh

Ms. Manorama, From Army Nursing Corps. Helped us with translation & other interactions in Manipur. On board for 1 week.
Flagged off on 01/04/06 from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, High>>>Ways will culminate in the 3rd Asia Pacific 'Reach to Recovery' International Breast Cancer support Conference on 06/Nov/2006 at the Hilton Towers, Mumbai.



From Left - Mrs. Devieka Bhojwani (VP- WCI-TMH), Dr. K. A. Dinshaw (Director TMH), Dr. R. A. Badwe (HOD Breast cancer Unit, Onco Surgeon), Suniel Shetty (Actor), Tista and Dr. Ritu

The Achievements and Highlights of the all India solo drive- April 2006-Oct 2006

When I took off on this drive I was confident about three major things

About my driving and going to any part of the country with or without company .

About creating awareness in a very simple,visual and with some humour in it.

The only thing I was not sure was how much will be the attendance.and how the response and openness of the people will be.

Firstly, because nobody in India so far had done an adventure activity with an awareness mission, in such farflung areas ,specially on cancers.

Secondly, India being an ocean of various religions, communities , tribals to techno savvies,rural to urban ,I was wondering about the outlook towards holding awareness camps specially on Breast cancers and demonstrating breast self examination..

But as the journey progressed my doubts strarted dissolving and soon I knew that the highways taken by me were on the right track.

From the adventure angle-

The entire driving was done by me alone, the last 3000km with no buddy in
the vehicle
30,220 Kms in 177days (split in 2Legs)

Leg 1 - 04 April 06 to 04 August 06. (Pune-North east-East coast West coast-Pune)
Leg 2 - 27 August 06 to 20 October 06. (Pune-Rajasthan- Punjab-Himachal Pradesh-      Laddakh-J & K-Kutcch-Gujrat-Pune) .

Driving to the 4 tips of India and center of India {As shown below}

Center of India
Highest motorable passes crossed above sea level in the world
- KHARDUNG LA in Ladakh 18,380 ft
Tanglang La 16,616ft  
La ChungLa 16,042 ft  
Baralacha La 15,547ft  
NakeeLa 15,500ft  
SeLa “” 13,700ft  
BumLa(Arunachal Pradesh) 13,700ft  
HambotingLa 13,202ft  
RohtangPass 13,050ft.  
ZoziLa 11,640ft  

States covered-- 23, 4 Union Territories
{ Maharashtra.,Chattisgarh,Madhya Pradesh,Zharkhand,West Bengal,Assam,Arunachal Pradesh,Meghalaya,Nagaland,Manipur,Sikkim,Orissa,Andhra Pradesh,Tamil-nadu,Pondichery,Kerala,Karnataka,Goa, Dadra-Haveli,Gujrat,Rajasthan,New-Delhi,Haryana,Chandigarh,Himachal-Pradesh,Jammu & Kashmir,Punjab,}

Highlighs from the Mission Angle-

Total awareness Camps-------------------------- 140
Attendance- ---------------------------------------- 26,000 plus
    Adults-82%, Children-18%
    Women-69%. Men -31%
Hospital visits--------------------------------------- 3
Individual patients and families met enroute-- 32
Maharashtra (9) :-
Pune, Ahmednagar, Akola, Karanja Ghadge, Nagpur, Kolhapur(4)
MP (2) :- Khatiya, Mocha - Kanha National Park

Chattisgarh (1) : - Raipur

West Bengal (7) : - Bikna Dokra,
Bholpur, Shilliguri, Sukhna, Kuli
dist Murshidabad (2), Bankura

Assam (9) :- Kareng Bali Ghat,
Hathikhuli Tea estate, Bokaghat
Jorhat (6 ad hoc.)
Arunachal Pradesh (31) :-
31 camps - Namsai (2), Mahadevpur, Lathao, Chongkham,
Wakro, Loyliang, Tezu, Quibang, Kibithu, Kahao, Walong, Sille,
Hawai, Hayuliang, Roing, Pasighat, Rayang, Along, Mechuka, Segong, Itanagar (2), Sungatser, Tenga, Tipi, 5 ad hoc
Meghalaya (4) :- Shillong (4)

Nagaland (3) :-
Rangapahar (near Dimapur), Tsosinyu, Kohima

Manipur (10) :-
Maram, Jwalamukhi, Imphal, Leimakhong, Moreh, Moirang, Senapati, Kangpokpi, Motbung, CMC Imphal

Sikkim (4) :- Gangtok, Lachen, Chungthang (2)

Orissa (8) : - Balasur (3), Chilika, Gajapati (4)

Andhra Pradesh (3) : - Araku Valley (3)

Pondicherry (2) : - Pondicherry (2)

Tamilnadu (2) :- Mandapam (Coastguards), Bethany convent

Kerela (2) : - St. Gorettis Girls High school, Hostel Trivandrum

Karnataka (2) : -
SDM Law college, Basant Womens college Mangalore

Himachal Pradesh (15) : -
Manali, Bharatpur, Dalhousie DPS (2), Yol (Army), DGL Nunnery
(TG), Bid Village, Tibetian Refugees - Tashi Jong, Bid Dongsar, Suja TCV, Dharamshala Region - Sara Institute (3), Tibetian Centre for Human Rights & Democracy, Transit School
J & K (2) with Leh Laddakh (13) : -
Drass, Kangan, Sarchuu, Pang, ITBP, Nunnery, Secmol Phey, Diskit Nubra, Air Force Thoise, Siachen Base Camp, Turtuk Sector, Jolden College, Himank, Leh, Darchik

Our Heartfelt Gratitude :-
Women's Cancer Initiative - Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
Ford Motors (India)-their ENDEAVOUR gave wheels and comfort to my endeavor.
Hindustan Petroleum Co. Ltd. - fueled the mission.

Many thanks for their support :-
Dr. K. A. Dinshaw, Dr. R. A. Badwe, Dr. Sudeep Gupta, Dr. Vani Parmar - all from Tata Memorial     Hospital, Mumbai.
Mrs. Devieka Bhojwani (V.P., WCI)
Mr. & Mrs. Suniel Shetty
Mr. P. S. Lokhande IAS DC Lohit & Anjaw district Arunachal Pradesh & Various officials,NGOs
Mrs. Shubha Maudgal, Cancer Patients Aid Asso.,Mumbai.
Mrs. Mohini Daljeet Singh, President Western Command AWWA
President AWWA - 3 Corps, 33 Corps, 1 Armd Div.
Maj. Gen. E. J. Kochekkan, SM, VSM HQ 57 Mountain Div.
Autocar, Himank (Leh), JWT Mumbai, 26 Assam Rifles
Rajdeep Group of companies Ahmednagar, Orange City Hotel Nagpur, Pugmarks Resort Kanha
Famous Studios Ltd., Mumbai
Milind & Sujata Kshirsagar, Anand Patil

Parents, families, friends, well wishers & many many strangers from across the country & outside - Civil & Uniform setups

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